Kelechi Osemele bought his mother a new home this offseason.
“She’s loving it man,” Osemele said. “My nieces are already fighting over rooms right now.”
Whether Osemele will have a new NFL home after next season remains to be seen. Both Ravens starting guards, Osemele and Marshal Yanda, are entering the final year of their contract. It will be difficult for the Ravens to re-sign both, meaning this could be Osemele’s final year in Baltimore.
That gives Osemele added motivation, but he is already driven. Always has been.
“Coach (Juan) Castillo (offensive line coach) has been helping me every day, working on my craft,” said Osemele. “I came in here in the league as a raw player, and right now I’m feeling like I’m becoming more of a technician. So, I’m feeling really good about that. I’ll let my agent handle the contract, and I kind of just focus on my part.”
Osemele and Yanda are part of a starting offensive line that returns intact, which also includes left tackle Eugene Monroe, center Jeremy Zuttah, and right tackle Rick Wagner. Osemele liked what he saw from the line during minicamps, even with Zuttah (hip) not at full strength, and Wagner still recovering from a foot injury.
“I’m definitely liking it, the stability,” Osemele said. “It does feel good to have everybody kind of in the same place and nobody going off to different teams.”
But will Osemele be going elsewhere after next season? For now, Osemele has at least two goals in mind for 2015 – helping the Ravens win another Super Bowl, and being named to his first Pro Bowl.
“I’m just focused on being the best player I can be,” Osemele said. “I’m kind of just letting the cards fall where they may after the season.”